from “Ripples of Hope” by Leslie Carpenter.
Leslie retired early from her physical therapy career to do SMI advocacy on a local, state and national basis. She is a public speaker, a lobbyist in the Iowa Legislature, serves on multiple advisory boards and the NAMI Iowa Board of Directors, teaches NAMI Provider and started Iowa’s first AOT program recently.
I have been an advocate for those impacted by brain illness since I was diagnosed in 1995 with bipolar disorder. I’ve shared my own story in the devotional autobiography Delight in Disorder and spiritual memoir When Despair Meets Delight as well as in this blog and various other places. Many people have responded to my story with stories of their own and in early 2021, I decided to collect these in the form of tributes, written as letters, poems, and songs and publish them as Hope for Troubled Minds through Delight in Disorder Ministries. Over 100 tributes have been contributed and we are in the process of editing them with a projected release date of November 1.
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